Here are some exciting things happening at the Civic District in August that you shouldn’t miss

Two weekends of many artistic happenings, for cultured people (and those who believe they are).

Nadia Shah |Sponsored | August 4, 2017 @ 12:45 pm


This month, you’ll have the power to stop time.

Not really, but close enough.

Happening in the first two weekends of August, the inaugural Civic District Outdoor Festival will transform the Singapore’s Civic District with the theme ‘When Time Stood Still’. So you don’t have to be a superhero to experience the wonders of stopping time.

Here are some unmissable events for the festival worth taking the time out for.

Hemera’s Dream: Outdoor Projection Trail
August 4 & 5, 11 & 12; 8pm to 11pm

The Civic District is gonna be #lit, literally, for Singapore’s largest outdoor multimedia circuit.

At various timings over the two weekends, the facades of four heritage buildings — National Gallery Singapore, The Arts House, Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall, and the Asian Civilisations Museum — will be illuminated with multimedia projections to tell the story of “Hemera’s Dream”.

Find out what happens when Hemera and her brother Aether, who are tasked with keeping the Cosmic Clock running so The Eternal City stays awake, fall asleep after eating too much.

Moral of the story? Don’t overeat.

Hemera’s Feast: Food Street
August 4 & 5, 11 & 12; 5pm to 11pm

This is probably the feast responsible for giving Aether the post-dinner slump.

On both weekends of the festival, St Andrew’s Road will be lined with food booths from local vendors like The Lab, &Sons, Kerbside Gourmet, and Ninja Cut.

Burgers by The Lab

Maybe overeating for one night (or two weekends) is okay after all…

Picnic with the Bunnies
August 4 & 5, 11 & 12; 5pm to 11pm

If you’re the sort of person who can’t eat standing up, head over to the Padang for a picnic once you’ve had your pick from the feast.

There, you can lay down your picnic mat and have front-seat views of the projection show, the surrounding cityscape, and… giant bunnies.

Yes, the Padang will be invaded by enormous illuminated bunny installations. Created by Australian artist Amanda Parer, the sculptures aim to explore the natural world, its fragility, and our role in it.

Food for thought as you chow down on your dinner.

Aether’s Art Market
August 4 & 5, 11 & 12; 5pm to 11pm

#SupportLocal at Empress Lawn, where the creative works of local artists, independent labels and entrepreneurs will be up for sale.

There’ll be chic bags by A Pale Petal, and handmade accessories by Little Bearnie and Alfie De Meow.

Cat accessories by Alfie De Meow. Such cuteness.

So you too can look like an artistic person.

Music performances
August 4 & 5, 11 & 12; 6pm to 11pm

The Padang Atrium at National Gallery Singapore will also play host to performances by local musicians such as Inch Chua, Jack & Rai, and MICapella.

MICapella: very serious about entertaining you

Because an arts festival without music is like curry without curry leaves. Looking at you, Japan.

Entry to the festival is free, but do note that some workshops and programmes may be chargeable. Visit the Civic District Outdoor Festival 2017 website to find out more.

Video and all photos courtesy of National Gallery Singapore.

This sponsored post about the Civic District Outdoor Festival is brought to you by National Gallery Singapore, so we too can afford to indulge in art.

About Nadia Shah

Nadia’s ultimate goal in life is to be a permanent member of Running Man. Or a hobbit. She’s aware that neither of these goals is remotely achievable.

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